There are a few Thursday nights that usually are marked on the calendars of sports fans each year. The first NFL game of the season, Thanksgiving, the NBA trade deadline, and both the NFL and NBA drafts are staples of the sports world, but even they can pale in comparison to the first day of the NCAA Tournament.

Of course, March Madness is following a different schedule this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The FIrst Four games, typically held on Tuesday and Wednesday, are all being held on Thursday this year, so that means that Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament will officially tip off on Friday this year. That means starting at 12:15 p.m. ET and running all throughout the day, college basketball fans will be treated to 16 games of win-or-go-home basketball.

There will surely be upsets. Brackets will be busted and fan-favorite Cinderellas will emerge. And after March Madness was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, college basketball fans will be nothing but happy to watch their favorite players and tournament-winner picks square off in what is arguably the greatest playoff in sports.

Here’s everything you need to know about Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament, including a full schedule with TV channels and start times.

MORE: Watch select March Madness games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What channel is March Madness on today?

Friday, March 19

GameTimeChannel
(7) Florida vs. (10) Virginia Tech12:15 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
(3) Arkansas vs. (14) Colgate12:45 p.m.truTV
(1) Illinois vs. (16) Drexel1:15 p.m.TBS
(6) Texas Tech vs. (11) Utah State1:45 p.m.TNT
(2) Ohio State vs. (15) Oral Roberts3 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
(1) Baylor vs. (16) Hartford3:30 p.m.truTV
(8) Loyola Chicago vs. (9) Georgia Tech4 p.m.TBS
(5) Tennessee vs. (12) Oregon State4:30 p.m.TNT
(4) Oklahoma State vs. (13) Liberty6:25 p.m.TBS
(8) North Carolina vs. (9) Wisconsin7:10 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
(2) Houston vs. (15) Cleveland State7:15 p.m.truTV
(4) Purdue vs. (13) North Texas7:25 p.m.TNT
(7) Clemson vs. (10) Rutgers9:20 p.m.TBS
(6) San Diego State vs. (11) Syracuse9:40 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
(3) West Virginia vs. (14) Morehead State9:50 p.m.truTV
(5) Villanova vs. (12) Winthrop9:57 p.m.TNT

All times Eastern

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How to watch NCAA Tournament games

Friday’s March Madness games will be broadcast nationally across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV on cable.

March Madness Live is the hub for live streaming at NCAA.com. All games broadcast on CBS can also be streamed on fubtoTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

7. Florida vs. 10. Virginia Tech

  • Time: 12:15 p.m.
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Live Stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
  • Broadcast Team: Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson

3. Arkansas vs. 14. Colgate

  • Time: 12:45 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Spero Dedes, Brendan Haywood, Lauren Shehadi

1. Illinois vs. 16. Drexel

  • Time: 1:15 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

6. Texas Tech vs. 11. Utah State

  • Time: 1:45 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Carter Blackburn, Debbie Antonelli, Evan Washburn

2. Ohio State vs. 15. Oral Roberts

  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Live Stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
  • Broadcast Team: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Jamie Erdahl

1. Baylor vs. 16. Hartford

  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Lisa Byington, Steve Smith, A.J. Ross

8. Loyola Chicago vs. 9. Georgia Tech

  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson

5. Tennessee vs. 12. Oregon State

  • Time: 4:30 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Spero Dedes, Brendan Haywood, Lauren Shehadi

4. Oklahoma State vs. 13. Liberty

  • Time: 6:25 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

8. North Carolina vs. 9. Wisconsin

  • Time: 7:10 p.m.
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Live Stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
  • Broadcast Team: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Jamie Erdahl

2. Houston vs. 15. Cleveland State

  • Time: 7:15 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Carter Blackburn, Debbie Antonelli, Evan Washburn

4. Purdue vs. 13. North Texas

  • Time: 7:25 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Tom McCarthy, Avery Johnson, A.J. Ross

7. Clemson vs. 10. Rutgers

  • Time: 9:20 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Spero Dedes, Brendan Haywood, Lauren Shehadi

6. San Diego State vs. 11 Syracuse

  • Time: 9:40 p.m.
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Live Stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
  • Broadcast Team: Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson

3. West Virginia vs. 14. Morehead State

  • Time: 9:50 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Lisa Byington, Steve Smith, A.J. Ross

5. Villanova vs. 12. Winthrop

  • Time: 9:57 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

March Madness schedule 2021

Round 1

Friday, March 19

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 5: No. 10 Virginia Tech vs. No. 7 Florida12:15 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 6: No. 14 Colgate vs. No. 3 Arkansas12:45 p.m.truTV
Game 7: No. 16 Drexel vs. No. 1 Illinois1:15 p.m.TBS
Game 8: No. 11 Utah State vs. No. 6 Texas Tech1:45 p.m.TNT
Game 9: No 15 Oral Roberts vs. No. 2 Ohio State3 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 10: No. 16 Hartford vs. No. 1 Baylor3:30 p.m.truTV
Game 11: No. 9 Georgia Tech vs. No. 8 Loyola Chicago4 p.m.TBS
Game 12: No. 12 Oregon State vs. No. 5 Tennessee4:30 p.m.TNT
Game 13: No. 13 Liberty vs. No. 4 Oklahoma State6:25 p.m.TBS
Game 14: No. 9 Wisconsin vs. No 8 North Carolina7:10 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 15: No. 15 Cleveland State vs. No. 2 Houston7:15 p.m.truTV
Game 16: No. 13 North Texas vs. No. 4 Purdue7:25 p.m.TNT
Game 17: No. 10 Rutgers vs. No. 7 Clemson9:20 p.m.TBS
Game 18: No. 11 Syracuse vs. No. 6 San Diego State9:40 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 19: No. 14 Morehead State vs. No. 3 West Virginia9:50 p.m.truTV
Game 20: No. 12 Winthrop No. 5 Villanova9:57 p.m.TNT

Saturday, March 20

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 21: No. 12 Georgetown vs. No. 5 Colorado12:15 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 22: No. 13 UNC Greensboro vs. No. 4 Florida State12:45 p.m.truTV
Game 23: No. 14 Eastern Washington vs. No. 3 Kansas1:15 p.m.TBS
Game 24: No. 9 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 8 LSU1:45 p.m.TNT
Game 25: No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern vs. No. 1 Michigan3 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 26: No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 5 Creighton3:30 p.m.truTV
Game 27: No. 15 Iona vs. No. 2 Alabama4 p.m.TBS
Game 28: No. 11 Wichita State/Drake vs. No. 6 USC4:30 p.m.TNT
Game 29: No. 15 Grand Canyon vs. No. 2 Iowa6:25 p.m.TBS
Game 30: No. 10 Maryland vs. No. 7 UConn7:10 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 31: No. 13 Ohio vs. No. 4 Virginia7:15 p.m.truTV
Game 32: No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 8 Oklahoma7:25 p.m.TNT
Game 33: No. 16 Norfolk State/Appalachian State vs. No. 1 Gonzaga9:20 p.m.TBS
Game 34: No. 11 Michigan State/UCLA vs. No. 6 BYU9:40 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 35: No. 14 Abilene Christian vs. No. 3 Texas9:50 p.m.truTV
Game 36: No. 10 VCU vs. No. 7 Oregon9:57 p.m.TNT

Round 2

Sunday, March 21

Sunday’s second-round tip times will be announced after Friday’s games.

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 37NoonCBS, fuboTV
Game 382:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 395 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 406 p.m.TNT
Game 417 p.m.TBS
Game 427:30 p.m.truTV
Game 438:30 p.m.TNT
Game 449:30 p.m.TBS

Monday, March 22

Monday’s second-round tip times will be announced after Saturday’s games.

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 45NoonCBS, fuboTV
Game 462:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 475 p.m.TBS
Game 486 p.m.TNT
Game 497 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 507:30 p.m.TBS
Game 518:30 p.m.TNT
Game 529:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTV

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 532:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 545 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 557:15 p.m.TBS
Game 569:45 p.m.TBS

Sunday, March 28

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 572 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 584:45 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 597 p.m.TBS
Game 609:45 p.m.TBS

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 617 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 629:45 p.m.CBS, fuboTV

Tuesday, March 30

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 637 p.m.TBS
Game 649:45 p.m.TBS

Final Four

Saturday, April 3

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 655 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Game 668:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTV

NCAA Tournament national championship

Monday, April 5

GameTime (ET)TV
Game 679 p.m.CBS, fuboTV





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